The monarch butterflies migrate south from Canada to Mexico and I've always wanted to see it. When they need a break this is where they hang out (the southern most part of Canada in this area). They generally do this sometime between August and September.
Hop on the waiting list and we'll keep you up to date, waiting list people get notified of plans before the rest of the group. When I open this up I'll probably have a charge to RSVP, that will go towards gas / bridge contributions, it will not be all of it; but if you're a no show and we held a seat for you we're still spending your money (i.e. no refunds).
FYI, You need to get a permit to enter the park, in 2017 they are free to celebrate the 150th anniversary.
Sign up here to get the FREE permit. http://www.parksorders.ca/
Currently they are shipping these free to the US, no credit card or account creation required.
Leave at 10am from Dearborn and load up some cars. Stay until about 4PM and come back. I'm figuring the ride with customs and the bridge will be 90 minutes on a really good day hopefully only 2 hours max (It's about 75 minutes of actual driving time, it's the delays that are the issue). If you'd like to stay longer let me know, if everyone wants to stay longer I'll change the leave time to 5 or 6 pm (or maybe we can have one car that stays later than the others).
NEED SOME DRIVERS:
If no one else is willing to drive then the max will be 4 (what my car fits). E-mail me if you can drive and how many people you can fit (we'd split gas, bridge fees, and any tolls). Especially if some people have a vehicle that can hold more (if someone had a vehicle that held 5 or 6 and that's all we had, it'd be great to only take one vehicle!). Potential drivers need to send me number of people they can fit, a phone number and they need to confirm they know where their passport or international driver's license is. You do not need to drive, you just need to be one of the first 4 to confirm once it's open.
You don't need to hike/ walk for 4 hours!
They have hiking so we'd do some walks and they have a free shuttle to get you out to the point. You don't need to be a big walker and go with us on every side trip, but if you're not going to be running around with us the whole time make sure you bring a book!
You need a passport or international Michigan driver's license to cross the border, regardless of what people think, Windsor is not a suburb of Detroit! You will be carded before we let you in one of our cars...
No promises on what we'll see: Birds, butterflies or other wildlife.
Entrance to the park is $8-ish Canadian (they may just charge the same American?)
FYI, if you do choose to come to this keep this in mind: we can't control the butterflies or the rest of nature.